Every community is different, and some disasters cannot be predicted – but there are many things you can do to ensure you and your family are prepared for various incident types. In central Alberta, and being lake communities, the SVREMP encourages our residents and stakeholders to take a moment to consider the following incident types applicable to our region:
There are several ways to prepare for emergencies. Certainly, a general understanding of the guidance provided for those events possible, common or historical occurring in your region is a good start. However, there is much more you may be able to do:
If the situation gets severe enough, you may need to evacuate the area. This can be a stressful situation, but understanding the process can help. Ideally, an Evacuation Alert will be issued and disseminated in the community – possibly by television or media broadcast, or local messaging – before a mandatory evacuation is ordered. If the need arises this evacuation alert may be elevated to a mandatory Evacuation Order. To help make this process a bit easier to manage, it is go idea to think about what you might want to do at the instance of a Evacuation Alert, so that you are more prepared if an Evacuation Order is issued.
If the order comes to evacuate, you’ll be ready to head up in a safe and orderly fashion, and you’ll have a plan to focus on rather than last minute thoughts of what you should have done on the way out the door. Follow the local authority’s direction on available routes, or tune to Alberta 511 or AMA Road Reports to keep you on track. And whether you end up in the designated reception centre (as noted in the plan) or somewhere else – make sure and contact response staff to register your location and let friends, neighbours and family members that you’re okay.
Sometimes an incident occurs, or develops, so rapidly that an organized evacuation effort is no longer a feasible – or safe – option. In these types of situations the local authorities may issue a Shelter In-Place Order. In general, a Shelter In-Place Order directs stakeholders to seek shelter and remain there until the danger passes. Shelter In-Place Orders are usually a short-term measure lasting a few hours, and are usually issued in cases of imminent potential danger – this may include incidents such as chemical or biological contamination, or sudden natural disasters such as tornados. In all cases seek local guidance to make sure your response is consistent with the direction of the local officials.
Common guidance in these situations include – when safe and timely to do so – close doors and windows (and shut the curtains), turn off ventilation (heating and cooling systems) and a reminder to keep your emergency kit close at hand.
12 summer villages adjacent to municipal divisions 2, 3, 4 and 5 of Lac Ste. Anne County.
P.O. Box 8 Alberta Beach, AB. T0E 0A0